Marmot Halo 6 Review
Cons: Flimsy stakes, pricey
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Marmot Halo 6
|Price||$643 List||$499.00 at REI||$399 List||$480 List||$450 List|
|Pros||Interior space and height, construction||Tall and spacious, quonset hut-shaped, lots of pockets, adjustable room divider||Fast set up, large built-in vestibule, tall ceiling height||Super versatility, quality build, ease of packing/transport||Well-crafted, family-friendly, good head room|
|Cons||Flimsy stakes, pricey||Only one vestibule, back door is more exposed to the elements, lots of poles||Can't stand in vestibule, limited views when laying or sitting, poor duffel/stuff sack||Zipper design is funky, less head room, pricey||Zipper design, no vestibule on fly|
|Bottom Line||Put a halo over your head for great camping adventures||Feel like royalty in this kingdom that offers space galore||It's hard to imagine a better family camping tent and the price is fair||Multiple configurations and quality make this an enviable piece of gear||It's all about family in this large, versatile tent|
|Rating Categories||Marmot Halo 6||REI Kingdom 6||The North Face Wawona 6||Big Agnes Bunk House 4||Big Agnes Big House 6|
|Space And Comfort (35%)|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Ease Of Set Up (20%)|
|Packed Size (5%)|
|Specs||Marmot Halo 6||REI Kingdom 6||The North Face...||Big Agnes Bunk...||Big Agnes Big...|
|Weight||21.0 lbs||20.6 lbs||21.9 lbs||15.9 lbs||15.5 lbs|
|Max Inside Height||6' 4"||6' 3"||6' 6"||5' 10"||6' 9"|
|Floor Dimension||9'10" x 9'10"||10' x 8'4"||10' x 8'6"||7'8" x 7'8"||9'10" x 8'4"|
|Floor Area||96.7 sq ft||83.3 sq ft||85 sq ft||58.8 sq ft||81.9 sq ft|
|Windows||Mesh top||1||2||Mesh top||Mesh top|
|Number of Doors||2||2||3||2||2|
|Vestibules||2||1||2||2||0 (optional to buy separate)|
|Vestibule Area||32 sq ft||29 sq ft||21 sq ft; 44.7 sq ft||33 sq ft||N/A|
|Packed Size||25" x 14"||9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5"||9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5"||26.5" x 16" x 9.5"||25.5" x 17" x 10"|
|Floor Materials||70D nylon||Coated polyester oxford||75D polyester||polyester w/ 1500mm waterproof PU coating||polyester w/ 1500mm waterproof PU coating|
|Main Tent Materials||40D polyester No-See-Um mesh, 68D polyester ripstop||Nylon/mesh||150D polyester taffeta||Polyester||Polyester|
|Rainfly Materials||68D polyester ripstop||Coated polyester taffeta||68D polyester||Polyester||Polyester|
|Number of Poles||4||2 hubbed sets, 1 straight||4||4||3|
|Pole Material||Aluminum||6061/7001 Aluminum||14 mm aluminum||Aluminum||Aluminum|
|Pole Diameter||.47 in||14.5 / 11 mm||14 mm||N/A||N/A|
|Extras||Vented fly and color-coded poles||Very beefy metal stakes||Internal dry lines, hang loops, Velcro lantern loop||Fly can be deployed as self-standing portico/garage||Fly can be deployed as self-standing portico/garage|
Our Analysis and Test Results
A very versatile and roomy tent that lives up to its name by allowing you to commune with the angels and stars through the tall, halo-enabled mesh roof. This is one of the more "do everything" tents in our bunch where it can handle a near-endless variety of situations and conditions to afford you max comfort, space, and craftsmanship anywhere you can carry it.
Space and Comfort
While fitting six adults in the Halo 6P won't be happening with lots of gear or sleeping pads, it's plenty roomy for four adults with a full complement of camping comforts.
As versatility is a top feature of the tent itself, you have lots of options to make this feel like a screened-in porch by unzipping all covers on warm days or in hot spots like the beach or desert. Or you have the option to create a totally private and warmer space by employing any combination of zip/half-zipped portals to master cooler temps or breezes that get a little carried away.
Not only because it's fairly dome-shaped, but also because the bottom is wider than the top, the Halo has a solid base that helps it stay put in any weather. There are vents to help air move through even when everything else is buckled down, and the fly provides a nice large vestibule to store wet and muddy gear when things get sloppy. As for the overall construction, there's an extra pole that slots through the fly's vestibule, which adds extra stability and wind resistance. Solid all around.
Ease of Set-Up
The Halo is easy and quick to set up, even for one person. Classic sleeve plus color-coded hooks in an X-cross design create the main structure. Then there are two simple (and kinda fun!) halo poles that cross the structural poles to enhance your heavenly experience. Like anything, it might be mildly confusing the very first time, but we've no doubt you and your crew will catch on quick.
Marmot makes very durable goods. Period. Maybe not the super deluxe BMW series but certainly not the entry-level coupe either. If treated with a minimum of care (like making sure to dry everything out before re-packing), the Halo 6 should last many seasons without any deterioration.
The floor is unfortunately not a single piece of material, nor is it bathtub-style, but it's easily able to withstand gear and even camp furniture. The real issue(s) here are the featherweight stakes! While they look and feel beautiful in their multi-faceted hot orange color, they practically wilt under your glare. We hope Marmot upgrades these in the future. In the meantime, you may want to buy some extra ones to supplement your kit.
Nothing to send a postcard home from the campground about here. The Halo comes with a pretty standard-issue stuff sack that requires you to jam everything through the hole on top. No expansion portions or zippers. They do at least have compression straps and a shoulder strap to help, which we appreciate.
Marmot is kinda like the value-oriented player of the high-end gear manufacturers. NOT a knock by any means! They've been a quality outfit for nearly 50 years with a variety of proven, expedition-worthy tools. The Halo 6 is a well-designed and well-thought-out tent that's going to stand up to most of your adventures but feels a bit of a stretch at the price. If you can find it on sale, though, grab this puppy up!
The Halo 6 is a do-everything type of tent ready for athletic adventures (and adventurers) or just peace and solitude by the bay. Versatility is the name of the game here. From breezy views to privacy to bomber weather protection, we don't foresee this tent letting you down.
— Rick Baraff